Xi Jinping unanimously elected Chinese president, CMC chairman

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Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote on Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress.
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Xi Jinping takes a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on March 17, 2018. 

Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote on Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress.

Xi, 64, was also elected chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China by a unanimous vote.

Last October, he was elected general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and appointed CMC chairman of the CPC at the first plenary session of the Party's 19th National Congress.

In 2007, Xi joined the central leadership as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

He was first elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012, and Chinese president and CMC chairman of the PRC in March 2013.

Xi took a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People.

“I pledge my allegiance to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China to safeguard the Constitution authority, fulfil my legal obligations ..."

This was the first time for a Chinese president to take a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution, the fundamental law of the country, upon assuming office.

Following a chorus of the national anthem sung by all present, Xi took the podium, placed his left hand upon the Constitution, raised his right fist, and recited the oath.

"[I pledge to] be loyal to the country and the people, be committed and honest in my duty, accept the people's supervision and work for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful," said the president.

The oath-taking ceremony was held just six days after the national legislature added oaths of allegiance into the newly amended Constitution on March 11.

The amendment also wrote Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a guiding theory for China, the most populous country in the world.



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